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Every year, fall quarter ai ( )hio University is characterized by dozens of 
exciting events, which together, set the bar for the rest of the year. Fall '07 was no 
different and all signs pointed toward an amazing ten months. 

Welcome Weekend and Halloween did a great job of marking the beginning and 
end of the quarter. But nothing quite says autumn in Athens like Homecoming. 

"I think that OU has the stigma as being the Halloween capital," said Tim 
Yonville, president of Student Senate. "But for those of us that actually go here and 
participate in events, nothing compares to Homecoming weekend." 

Keeping it simple, the Ohio University Alumni Association chose "Bobcat Pride" 
as the theme of the 2007-2008 celebration. Alumni from all over the state and 
every comer of the country flooded the hills of Appalachia. A few of Ohio's more 
adventurous alums chose to make quite an entrance. 

Bill Burroughs, Alex Bernstein, and David Moore provided a little extra llarc for 
Saturday afternoon's football game-living over Peden Stadium in an HU-25 Falcon 
jet. The '95, '04 and '06 graduates, respectively, have all pursued careers in military 
post Ohio University. Bernstein and Moore majored in aviation while Burroughs 
graduated with a degree in economics. 

The flyover, however, was just the icing on the cake. The Bobcats, fueled by 
Homecoming weekend energy, broke a four-game losing streak and grabbed 
their first MAC win of the season, defeated Eastern Michigan 48-42. A stellar 
performance by kalvin McRae and the Bobcat offense led the team to an exciting and 
much needed victory. 

The annual parade also stepped up its showmanship with a reroute past the new 
Baker University center. The parade began as usual, at 9 a.m. and featured ( )hio's 
Marching I 10. the I 10 alumni band, and over 100 floats. 



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"At dusk, Court Street filled with French maids, 
pirates, nurses, and cowboys who remained until 
the peaking light of dawn." 



Every October, caravans of young people flock 
Coward ( lino's southern border in search of the state's 
most infamous gathering. College students from every 
corner of the buckeye state join their Ohio University 
peers for a grown-up weekend celebration of that 
favorite childhood holiday. 

Saturday night, students, visitors, and residents of 
the Athens area stripped their everyday apparel and 
opted for identities more appropriate for the spooky 
spectacular. At dusk. Court Street filled with bench 
maids, pirates, nurses, and cowboys who remained 
until the peaking light of dawn. For many, these 
classics and other last minute favorites more than 
satisfy their annual I lalloween urge. 

liul many Ohio University students fuel all their 
creativity and cash into this acclaimed weekend, 
belio ing ii requires nothing short of the truly extreme. 
"I liked the group of guys dressed as Spartans from 
the movie "300," said Michelle Porter, a freshman at 
Ohio. "Those guys were practically naked." 

Some of this year's best costumes were those that 



eotdd only be found at an Ohio University Halloween. 
Attached at the hi)), a group of three girls formed 
Athens' most famous restaurant, the Burrito Buggy— a 
food can parked everyday at the comer of Court and 
Union that isn't really much of a restaurant at all. 

"My favorite was this guy dressed up as a robot made 
of boxes," said Ohio University freshman Caitlin Hartze. 
"He asked if 1 would help him put his head back on." 

Despite positive reviews from many students, it has 
been said that the novelty of Halloween for the Bobcats 
is falling fast. 

"It wasn't too much different than any other 
weekend," said freshman and Halloween newbie Gina 
Guadagnino. "We always end up having a good time no 
matter what." 

This year, attendance was down, but so were arrests. 
Ohio University's Halloween reputation is looking up. 
The drop in apprehended party-goers proves that our 
school can come together, drink, dance, celebrate, and 
make Halloween one of the most enjoyable holiday 
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Springtime in Athens is God's gift to college students. 
With countless outdoor activities there is always something 
to do. When students need to take a break from their daily 
studies some choose to play sand volleyball or basketball on 
the one of the numerous sand volleyball or basketball courts 
around campus on each Green. Even during Winter Quarter, 



Baker University Center and Ping Center host activities daily. 

Each year Athens Beautilieation Day brings together 
students, faculty, and locals to help keep our city as beautiful 
as it was the day we took our first step on campus. Whether 
it be studying, gossiping, or just getting a tan, there is always 
somewhere on campus to escape. 





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"Rising gas prices, smoking bans and fear of higher taxes made 
even the most politically-inapt person take notice of the issues 
surrounding the election." 



Election fever struck with vengeance on our great nation, this year proving 
to he more intense than recent election years. Students, faculty and residents 
alike felt the sting of our faltering economy long before presidential debates 
and press conferences filled our newspapers and televisions. Rising gas 
prices, smoking bans and fear of higher taxes made even the most politically- 
inapt person take notice of the issues surrounding the election. 

Michelle Obama. wife of Democratic presidential candidate Baraek, 
gave an intense speech in late-February on his behalf. She responded to 
the criticism of Sen. Obama' s political platform as well as hyping his Illinois 
legislative endeavors and gleaming about the chance lor a much needed 
change in our country. Student opinions varied on Mrs. Obama's speech but 
her presence was felt across the campus. 

Other hopeful Democratic presidential candidate. Hilary Clinton left 
her mark at ( )hio University with the eloquent speech given by her daughter 
Chelsea. Chelsea spoke openly about her mother's plans for the country 



and experience over Obama with her role as first lady and a New York senator. 
Accompanying the Clinton bandwagon was hopeful first-husband Bill Clinton 
rallying in nearby Nelsonville. 

Undoubtedly, both Democratic candidates made an impression in Athens. 
Debates and constant small chat drifted in and out classrooms on views of the 
suspected winner. With great anticipation, Ohio students awaited the decision 
that named Baraek Obama the official Democratic presidential nominee. 

Little Republican presence was felt on campus with such diverse feelings 
focused on the Democratic ticket. However, even supporters of John McCain, 
Ron Paul and Alan Keyes didn't keep silent during litis time; though, their 
impact was small until after the announcement of the Democratic candidate. 
Ohio University is, without a doubt, a melting pot of political thought and a 
major player in the campaign game. 





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The third weekend of every Winter 
Quarter is the annua) Dad's Weekend. 
The biggest event of the weekend is the 
Men's BaskeihaJl game, this year the 
Bobcats took on Ball Stale. The home 
learn look home an exciting win with a 
final score ol'6 1 -59. 

In addition to sporting events. Baker 
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Ohio University's annual Mom's Weekend is 
known by many as one of the crazier weekends on 
campus. For those who are not into the uptown 
scene, there are many other activities to do with 
your mom. The most popular event is held Saturday 
morning the Annual Mom's Walk lor a Cure. This 
year was the 8th year for the event and all proceeds 
benefited the Stefanie Spiclman Fund and Susan 
G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Also on 
Saturday is the Fashion Associates Spring Fashion 
Show, which is a favorite for moms and daughters. 
All models are Ohio University students and 
showcase clothing from local Athens stores, such as 
The Other Place. Figleaf, Noir, and many others. 

Another popular event is the Old Man's Cave Day 
Hike Trip. This hike his sponsored by the Outdoor 
Pursuits Club and is a seven-mile hike through the 
Old Man's Cave region of Hocking Hills State Park. 



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'Best of all, springtime is synonymous with fest time.' 



Springtime brings out the best of Ohio University. Rain 
boots, mini-skirts and talk of fantasy baseball fill the streets of 
Athens. Best of all, springtime is synonymous with fest time. 
It seems that every weekend from April to June has some sort 
of crazy gathering or block party that attracts an outrageous 
number of people. Students and non-students flock to the 
Ohio University for one common purpose: fun in the sun. 

1 ugh best and the new Congo Fest-put on by the residents 
of Congress Street-started off Spring Quarter 2008 with a 
bang. The NFL extended to Ohio students an excuse to begin 
their High Fest celebration even earlier on that infamous 
Saturday: Draft Day '08. Mother Nature played nice, allowing 
students to spend the majority of the fesi-filled weekend on 
front porches, making use of corn hole sets and two-story beer 
bongs. 

Ohio's two biggest Spring Quarter parly weekends— other 
than Mom's Weekend, of course— arc probably those dedicated 
to the infamous Palmer Fest and this year's 5fest. Palmer 
Fest lived up to its annual hype, bringing out all the local 
performers, including Jesty BeaLz who closed the night. Palmer 
Fest is also the only guaranteed spring appearance by Athens' 
horse-mounted police. Officers patrolled the streets in an 
attempt to curb the 'public intoxication' and intense water 



balloon launching between neighbors. Residents proudly wore 
their own Palmer t-shirts and the Can Man prowled the street 
on what has to be his favorite day of the year. 

A few weeks following, the popularity of the yearly numeric 
fest became apparent to anyone who attempted to drive to this 
year's 5fest after 1 1 AM. Students were seen ditching their 
cars, opting to carry their coolers, cases, and yes, even kegs 
up the winding road instead of waiting in stop-and-go traffic. 
Attendance has quadrupled since the fest's beginning in 2004. 
Even the haunting rain clouds that lingered over the open field 
all week did not seem to stop people from enjoying themselves. 

Mill best and smaller block parties round out the fest season 
with the anticipation of summer fun that awaits Ohio students. 
Once again, it was a successful Spring Quarter in Athens. 

Every weekend, kegs and plastic cups cover students' 
backyards as a proud symbol of the debauchery that has just 
taken place. No matter what your parly preference, you can 
bet that at least one of the many fests will olTcr something for 
your enjoyment. Ohio University students take pride in our 
ability to throw some of the best college parties across the 
nation. This tradition will continue and all that have had the 
privilege to experience what Athens has to offer, will always 
know spring as 'Fest Season.' 



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The class of2008 was fortunate enough to be the 
Inaugural class for what Is sure to become one of the 
mosi celebrated traditions at ( )hio University. The 
Senior Class C louncil put on OU's first-ever Senior 
Farewell Ceremony in an attempt to bring together 
the most recent class of Ohio alumni. Gathering on 
College Green exactlj one week prior to graduation, 
a small bui enthusiastic group of Bobcats were 
treated to dinner, dessert, and beverages. 

President Roderick McDavisgave a heart- 
warming speech reminding all seniors of the 
memories the) have made and the pride of being a 
Bobcat alumnus. The Singing Men of Ohio led the 
seniors through their last Alma Mater and the Ohio 
cheerleaders chanted the infamous ( )-l [-1-0 cheer. 

The SCCdelivered the "Top 10 Reasons You 
Know You're a Senior." as if anyone needed 
reminding of the beaut] ofsenioryearatOhio. And 
the Athena ^ earbook presented awards to Ohio 



University's most recognizable seniors. Aaron 
Brown, an Ohio alumnus and the ceremony's 
keynote speaker, ended with an inspiring speech 
about life alter graduation. 

On Saturday, September 4. 2004, the freshman 
version of the class of 2008 marched from the 
Convocation Center onto the lawn of College Green, 
their passage through Alumni Gateway symbolizing 
their initiation into Ohio University. Passing 
through those arches, each then-freshman read 
the following inscription: "So enter that daily thou 
mayestgrow in knowledge, wisdom, and love." 

Four years later, passing through in other 
direction, the now-alumni read: "So depart that daily 
thou mayest better serve thy fellowmen, thy country, 
and tin Cod." From freshmen to alumni in four short 
years, the first-ever Senior Farewell Ceremony, in 
typical Bobcat fashion, marked the beginning of the 
end lor the class of 2008. 



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This year marked two new traditions here at ( )hio University. The first was Most Recognizable 
Seniors, which was ereated by the Athena Yearbook. The second was the Senior Farewell Ceremony 
hosted by the Senior Class Council. Most Recognizable Seniors is a competition that asked the 
student body to nominate and vote lor seniors that have excelled within the university; whether it was 
athletically, within students organizations, academically or socially. 

Every senior was asked to nominate up to five seniors they thought should be recognized. Over 
1 000 seniors were nominated. At the end of tallying, the seniors with the most nominations made 
ti]) the Top 20. After the Top 20 accepted their nominations, a Faeebook event and a survey site was 
created where students could vote their top three picks. Ballots were also taken on various occasions 
outside Baker Center. The Top 20 and the overall winner, Walt Williamson, who took home the title 
as the 2008 Most Recognizable Senior was announced at the Senior Farwell Ceremony on June 6. 

"I think OH picked me as the most recognizable senior because of my dedication, leadership, and 
involvement on campus." Said Williamson. "My personality and friendliness allowed to me to branch 
out of my comfort zone and interact with people on a personal, business, and social level. I also was 
never afraid to speak my mind and also challenge the process. Being 6 foot, 4 inches also could have 
played a part. I honestly will miss Athens but most importantly the people that I had the chance meet 
and build strong relationships with during my time there." 

\\ ah had this ad\ ice to give to his fellow Bobcats, "Be visible on campus, get involved, speak 
your mind, meet as many people as you can, and make your college experience somethingyou will 
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Main people sin that the best years of their life were high 
[school, those people obviously do not eall Ohio University 
their alma mater. Being the (laughter of a '68 Bobcat. I aJways 
teased m\ dad when we walked down the brick roads and he 
reminisced of his days in Athens. "There's Bentley... I lived 
Ml North Congress... and that's where the I locking River 
used to be." Mv dad would say every time he came to visit and 
■itwas always followed with. "Yeah Dad, I know." 

I After crossing that stage and receiving my dipl a on June 

14. 1 joined my dad in the elite club of Bobcat Alumni and 
ftnalK understood all of his ramblings since the day he drove 
me to pre -college. At the ceremony. President Roderick J. 
Mcl)a\is addressed that he had a special connection with the 



class of 2008. "On a warm September day in 2004, 1 stood 
before you in this verv building to greet you during your 
first student convocation. It is a memory 1 will keep with me 
forever, because you were the first freshman class 1 greeted 
and inducted into the Ohio University community." McDavis 
continued. "I predicted that over the next four years, you 
would find your place at Ohio University — both socially and 
intellectually — and Athens would become your home." 

Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated, Peter King. B.S.J., 
gave the commencement address and spoke to more than 
3.000 almost-graduates. Being a fellow Bobcat of '79. he 
knew exactly what the students wanted to hear; "I timed my 
speech at 1 1 minutes." He easily won the crowd over with 



his words of wisdom. "Be a person your friends, your family 
and your employer can trust." Said King. " I don't know 
many people who gel far in any job without being able to be 
trusted... The day I retire, I hope that's what it says on my 
professional tombstone: 'He was fair.'" 

In addition to King, John S. Maltox was honored with an 
honorary doctor of public service lor his efforts to preserve 
history and educate about the Underground Railroad. 

Although the Winter Quarters and Accounting classes 
may have seemed endless, our four years flew by. I'll have 
the daily reminders of student loans; I will never forget my 
experience at Ohio University as the best days of my life and 
a place I can always call home. 



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The 2007 ( )hio Bobcat Football team came out swinging 
early on in the season. Under Coach Frank Solieh they 
began the season with victories against Gardner- Webb and 
Louisiana-Lafayette to start off 2-0. 

In their third game the Bobcats encountered their first 
defeat as they lost to a talented Virginia lech team. They 
went into hall'timc tied at 7 butVirginia Tech pulled away in 
the second half to take the win. 

The rest of the season was up and down but there were 
still man) highlights along the way. In their 48-42 victory 
on I (omecoming Weekend against Eastern Michigan the 
Bobcats were led In Senior running back Kalvin McRac, who 
rushed for 1 70 yards in the contest. 

McRae's final year with the Ohio football team would 
prove to be a successful one, as he rushed for 1 ,434 yards on 
the season to cap a memorable career for the Bobcats. In the 
Bobcats 38-27 road win against the Bowling Green Falcons 
McRac became the school's all-time leading rusher on an 



8-yard run in the 3rd quarter. 

In the final week of the season the Bobcats faced rival 
Miami. Senior quarterback Brad Bower, who came in relief 
ofTheo Seott in the 2nd half, scored on a 2-yard run and 
threw a TD pass to tight end Andrew Mooney. The defense 
came through with big plays all game long as they tallied 2 
interceptions in the 38-29 victory. 

On the season the Bobcats finished 6-6 and were 4-4 in 
the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats placed 6 players 
on the All-MAC squad. Kicker Matt Braunstein, who made 
20 of 24 field goals on the season, along with Kalvin McRac 
and guard Matt Miller made the first team. 

Junior Andrew Mooney and Senior defensive tackle 
Landon Cohen were placed on the second team, while 
defensive end Jameson Hartke made third team All-MAC 
Overall, although they faced lofty expectations before the 
season the Bobcats season was still a success as they finished 
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The women's volleyball team has become a legacy 
al Ohio University. The games arc full of excitement 
and this season the team won its fifth consecutive MAC. 
championship. 

"At the beginning of the yearwe set our goals for 
the season and one of them is always to win the MAC 
championship." said senior Stephanie Blackburn. 

The women did not. however, claim the 2007 MAC 
tournament tille-this season becoming the first since 
2003 in which the failed to grab that honor. On the 
upside, the Bobcats were able to reach their highest 
ever ranking at No. 1 3 on the America Volleyball 
( loaches Association's Top 25. 

( )ne aspect of the team that makes it so phenomenal 
ever) year is the chcmisirv between the players. "We, 
as a team, are more like sisters than anything else," 
said sophomore Ellen Herman. 

Sure, even team needs players with skill and 
good work ethic, but without chemistry, a team 
will never meet its potential. The players who make 
up every team are sure to differ in many aspects of 
their individual lives. But when those players share 
an unconditional love of the game— like that Ohio's 




volleyball players are known for— chemistry is bound to 
be one of the team's greatest strengths. 

"It is a very special thing to be part of such a great 
team that loves the sport of volleyball so much." said 
Blackburn. This senior has been playing volleyball at 
Ohio for four years, and each year she developed that 
special bond with the new team members. As her last 
season came to an end. Blackburn realized the rarit) of 
such special relationships. "The thing that I will miss 
most is my teammates. It's to going to be realh hard to 
not he part of a team with the girls anymore," she said. 

The 2007 season, however, was the end of an 
era in Ohio volleyball. Head coach Ccolf ( '.arlston, 
the man who transformed the program, announced 
his resignation in February. Carlston's first season 
brought the Bobcats their first M A( I championship in 
2003. The team has been on top ever since. Carlsion 
accepted the position as head coach at Ohio State 
University. 

In March, Athletic Director Kirby Hoeiitt 
announced Rvan 1 heisas the next Ohio Volleyball 
Head Coach. Theis comes to Athens from the 
University of Florida where he spent the last two 
seasons as the offensive coordinator and recruiting 
coordinator. Under his bell. Thcis holds 1 2 years of 
coaching expertise, the last eight of which were spent 
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The Ohio University's women's cross country 
team ran strong throughout the entire season. This 
group of runners never gave up and pushed each 
other throughout the races. From a first place finish 
at the season opening Mel Brodt Invitational, to a 
second consecutive first place finish at the MAC 
( ihampionships, the Ohio women's cross country team 
made a name for itself. 

This year the team was led l>v senior Carimc 
Reinharl, sophomores Kari Summers and Annie 
Beccham, and juniors Julia Wcisenborn, Rachel 
Bcakas, and Melissa Horner. These runners were the 
ones who finished in those top-notch places to secure 
wins and high-ranking finishes for the Bobcats. 

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seniors including Rcinhan, a cherished runner the 
program is sad to lose and who is none too eager lo 
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to reallv appreciate your teammates," Rcinhan said. 
"Mv teammates mean so much to me and without them 
I wouldn't have had the chance to do a lot of the tilings 
I've done." 

Teamwork is a big factor in a success and the 
women used their bond of friendship to their 
advantage. 

The ( )hio women's cross country team won its 
second consecutive MAC Championship, only healing 
the University of Akron by two points. Rcinhan 
finished first for the second consecutive year: followed 
by Beecham, Summers, Weisenborn, and Bcakas to 
secure the first place finish. 

To finish off the season, the Ohio women's cross 
country team had a great race at the NCAA Great 
Lakes Regional Meet. Beccham led the team, finishing 
the 6K in 22:03:76. followed by Summers, Rcinhard, 
Weisenborn. and Bcakas to finish in 10th place. 






Outstanding leadership, camaraderie, and 
undeniable heart defined the 2007 women's varsity 
soccer team. Lead by head coach Staey Strauss with the 
assistance of Jim Welch, the team came together quickly. 
The seniors on the team embraced the underclassmen 
as the) entered the season with high hopes. In fact, 
when asked what about this season she will remember 
forever, sophomore Jasmine Merilh replied, "The seniors 
were extremely encouraging and welcoming to the 
underclassmen, which resulted in quick team bonding." 

The season had its tips and downs, and the 5-12-3 
regular season record is misleading due to many close 
overtime and double overtime losses. On a brighter note 
< )hio defeated longtime rival. Miami University, 3-1 with 
goals scored by junior forward Ericka Schmirt. senior 



forward Lindsey Price, and sophomore forward Amy 
Lower. 

Every goal scored was a result of this collective 
effort and strong direction. At times, the outcome of the 
game was less important than the way it was played. These 
girls went out to every game with agreat attitude, and 
played with passion, heart, and a love of the game. 

Four members of the squad were named to the 
All-MAC conference teams. Schmitt was named to the A]l- 
MAC first team, sophomore defender Rachael Goudling 
and Price were placed on the All-MAC second team, and 
last but certainly not least freshman midfielder Jackie 
Hanson was named to the All-MAC) freshman team. Other 
standouts included midfielder Gallic Broomlield. Mary 
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Some have called ii historical, incredible, successful. But few words are needed when describing 
a 9-1 MAC conference record. Within the regular season the field hockey team sported a 6-0 record. 
Their 1 8-5 overall record the best in 25 years. This nearly (lawless score kept them nationally ranked 
for 10 consecutive weeks, with a final poll ranking at 15. 

Obviously, the field hockey team's standing was the result of many highlights and successful 
plavs. One of the most notable was their second consecutive win of the annual MAC Championship. 
For freshman forward and outside high midlicld player Meredith Hurst, this win was agreat experience. 

" It was an awesome feeling," Hurst said. 

In addition to the MAC championship. I hirst said that their game against Duke was yet another 
high point of the season. 

"My highlight of the season was in the beginning of the year beating Duke, who in the past years 
has been a powerhouse, and we came in and dominated the game." Hurst said. 

Beyond the team's success, main individuals had their own personal accomplishments. After 
being named MAC Player of the Week five limes throughout the season, junior goalkeeper Jessie 
Martin was named the Mid-American ( inference Player of the Year. She was also recruited for the 
All-MAC First Team, the MAC All-Tournament Team and the Academic All-MAC team. Martin was 
named to the NFHCA All- West Region First Team, along with senior Torrie Albini and junior Rachclle 
Coetzee who were selected for the All- West Region Second Team. 

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Sporting events with energetic fans, strong school spirit, 
competitive sports teams, and confident coaches would not 
be complete without the cheerleaders. This year, the 2007- 
2008 cheerleading squad made up such a vital part of the 
football and basketball games; however, it is easy to forget 
the not so obvious aspects of the squad. 

With ten returning cheerleaders, seventh season coach. 
Tricia Perry, explained, "We had a really young squad this 
vear. We did not have a lot of seniors." After tryouts the 
newly-formed squad came together in an on-canipus training 
camp in August. Pcrrv described. "1 was very impressed with 
their talent and what they were accomplishing." 

After camp the cheerleading squad remained busy 
throughout the season. Senior Capital! Dante Carter 
explained. "We put in almost sixteen hours a week." 

Perry confirmed, "They do a lot outside ofthe practices 
and games, then they have PR things to do as well." The 
cheerleaders performed at fundraisers, did charity work, held 
cheerleading clinics, participated in Moms Walk for a Cure, 
and attended tailgating events before games to promote the 
university. 

An even bigger suiprise than the time commitment of 



being a cheerleader is the athletics involved in the sport. 
Perry reported. "Two guys left the cheerleading clinics 
because it was so athletic, way more than they thought." 

Carter commented, "We have to be flexible, we have to be 
strong, we have to lift, we have to tumble." A lot of practice 
goes into this sport. Carter explained that cheerleading is 
70% muscle and 30% technique. And like all other athletes, 
the cheerleaders are held accountable for their actions by the 
university and the NCAA. 

Being a male cheerleader having to deal with the negative 
stereotypes Carter pointed out his motivation for joining 
the squad: "You have to think of it from this perspective: we 
work out like any other sport, we are treated as a division one 
sport, we get to travel, we are always with girls, and we have 
the best seats at the sporting events." 

After a successful season, the captains reminisced about 
the most exhilarating part ofthe games. Junior co-captain 
Aliecia Bores explained, "We run the team out during 
football and basketball games. Running the team out gets 
us pumped up because they arc right behind us, about to 
trample us." Carter agreed, "When we run the team out, you 
have no choice to be pumped up, your life is in danger." 




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Overall this wrestling season was a developing year. Early on the 
team looked promising as they were rated third in the MAC division 
coaches' poll. 

The season started off well with an intense intra-squad meet, 
which allowed freshman to show their true colors on the mat against 
teammates. Next the team went to the Michigan State University open 
in which Nick Purdue. Tommy Weinkam, and Gennaine Lindsay all 
placed third in their weight classes. Then success came at the Hoosier 
duals, in Bloomington Indiana, in which the team finished the day with 
a 4-1 record and placed second overall. 

In the MAC division competition was tough. The wrestling team 
fought hard against many difficult opponents. Unfortunately the team 
came up short in its first MAC division tournament and continued this 
trend throughout the year. 

Even so the team had man) strong individual wrestlers who 
represented their alma mater with achievement on and off the 
mat. Clay Tucker went on a six match-winning streak during the 
regular season finishing the streak against Kent State in OU's own 
convocation center. Germane Lindsay finished the season with a team 
best 1 9-5 record and went on to be the first Bobcat to win in Nationals 
since 2005. Kevin Christenson and Seth Morton both were inducted 
into the MAC student athlete all academic team as both students 
worked hard wrestling, while still maintaining above a 3.0 gpa. 



"Jerome Tillman, Leon Williams and Bubba Walther 
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The Men's Basketball team had 
an amazing 2007-2008 season with 
an overall record of 20- 1 3. After 
a conference record of 9-7, the 
Bobcats were knocked out of the MAC 
tournament by Miami in mid-March. 
Jerome Tillman. Leon Williams and 
Bubba Walther had an amazing season 
leading the Bobcats once again to a 
successful record, leading in almost all 
categories. Highlights of the season 
include stunning wins over Northern 



Illinois, multiple 'Play of the Week' 
honors for Williams and the huge win 
over George Mason played on ESPN2. 
Head Coach Tim O'Shea resigned at 
the end of the 2008 season, and former 
Ohio assistant coach, John Crocc. is 
taking on the monumental task of Head 
Coach. Also, with the loss of graduating 
seniors, Williams and Walther, it will be 
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The Lady Bobcats showed Ohio University an amazing display 
ofbasketball throughout the 2007-2008 season. With an overall 
record of 20- 1 3, the women's basketball squad brought an 
intensity and skill level thai ( )hio will not soon forget. Big season 
moments started from the beginningwith a crushing 1 -point loss to 
Butler but big comeback wins against big names like Miami, Akron, 
and Toledo. The Bobcats fell to rival Miami in the finals of the 
MAC tournament to end the 2008 season. 

Senior guard. Lauren Kohn, brought great pride not only to 
women's basketball but to ( )hio University with her candidacy 
to the Ail-American team. She was also the recipient of the 
CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. She is the first women's 
basketball plaver and the second ( )hio student ever to gain such an 
achievement. New additions to the already impressive coaching 
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The hockey team's 2007-2008 season resembled ail 
unlucky bowlers scorecard: full of splits. 

( )n the season, the Bobcats finished 27-15. while 
splitting nine of their weekend series. Of those nine, five 
came within the first eight weeks of the season against the 
likes of West Virginia. Kent Slate, Oakland, Penn State, and 
Eastern Michigan. During that same span, Ohio swept Iowa 
Slate in their first home games of the season and also swept 
Michigan-Dearborn on the road. Lindenwood, the eventual 
runner-up, swept the Bobcats. 

After ihc up and down start to the season, the 'Cats 
Snail) fell into a good groove, winning four straight against 
Youngstown Stale, Duquense, and Davenport. Though 
( )hio split again against Davenport, they rebounded with a 
sweep of Saint Louis by a combined score of 1 5-0 in the two 



games. It looked as if the 'Cats were keeping up that 
dominance against Robert Morris, notching an 11-1 
victory in the first of two against them. Ohio not only 
lost the next game against Robert Morris, but split their 
next two weekends against Penn State and Western 
Michigan. 

Next on the schedule was the eventual national- 
champion Illinois Fighting Mini. Ohio suffered 
its second sweep of the season, losing 5-0 then 
2-1 in a shootout. With just two weeks before the 
Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) 
tournament, the Bobcats regained their momentum 
by sweeping Washington & Jefferson and Kent State, 
scoring a combined 23 goals while allowing only 3 
throughout the four games. 

Ohio stretched their winning streak to live games 
in the opening round of the CSCHL tournament, 
downing Eastern Michigan 3-1 . In the next round 
though, Lindenwood defeated Ohio for the third 
time on the year, edging them 4-3 in overtime. ( )hi( > 
rebounded by beating Kent State 5- 1 to finish third. 
After the tournament. ( )hio had one more scries against 
Central Oklahoma helbre the National Championship 
tournament in Rochester, New York. Alter sweeping 
Central Oklahoma 4-0 and 4-2, the 'Cats had high 
expectations heading into the National Championship. 

Despite the high expectations and the seventh seed 
in the tournament. Ohio was upset by tenth-ranked 
Iowa State 2-0 in the opening round. The Bobcats did 
turn around to defeat West Chester 6-4, but it gave 
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with signs of definite growth for the Bobcats. 
( )hio finished the 2008 season with an overall 
record of 29-30 and a I I 1 3 record in the Mid- 
American Conference. Memorable moments 
throughout the year included the bigwin over 
BowlingGreen in 13 nail-biting innings, the 
sweep ofMiami in the beginning of Ma) and the 
devastating losses to Akron. 

Brandon Besl, Marc Krauss and Matt Siifller 
led this year's team in most categories including 
batting average, hits and rims batted in. Man) 
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Team. Mall Siiffler's spot on the 2008 ABCA/ 
Rawlings All-Mideast Region Second-Team and 
Marc Krauss* recognition on the 2008 Mid- 
American Conference All-Academic Team. 

( )ne major highlight of Ohio's 2008 baseball 
season took place far from the hills of Athens. 
The urban environment of Chicago's South Side 
was the selling lor Adam Russell's major-league 
debut. The former Ohio pitcher played in his first 
game as a Chicago White Sox on June 1 7. 2008. 
almost four years after being drafted by the Sox. 
Russell is the 1 9th Bobcat ever to suit up for a 
Major League roster. He is the second alum in 
recent years, following Adam Fox who made his 
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The lady Bobcats had an impressive season with 
many amazing moments. A clinching defeat over 
Maine to start off the season, big wins over Ball 
State and a memorable Mid-American Conference 
tournament were just a few season highlights. Ohio 
softball ended the 2008 season with an overall 
record of 29-26, the best in over six years. 

A MAC record of 10-12 and four consecutive 
late-season wins- defeating Central Michigan, 
Western Michigan and Bowling Green twice— sent 
the Bobcats to their first MAC Championship game. 
The women took on Kent State for the third time in 
2008 and took their hardest loss, 5-0. in the most 
important game. Although die tournament ended 
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freshman Melissa Bonner and sophomore Shalene 
Petrich, bodes well for the future of Ohio softball. 
Senior Michelle Sauter earned the same honor. 

Prior to tournament activity, four Bobcats were 
named to All-MAC teams. Senior Courtney Waters 
earned first-team All-MAC honors while Sauter 
joined the second-team. Bonner and fellow freshman 
Emily Wethingion were named to the All-MAC 
Freshman Team. Bonnets. Petrich, and Waters led 
the Bobcats in overall records this season. 

One possible hiccup in the Bobcats plans for 
future success is the departure of head coach Jill 
Matyuch. Alter three seasons of steady growth and 
improvement, Matyuch stepped down this summer 
in order to be closer to her family in California. 



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Achillv March day marked the beginning of the 
women's 2007-2008 track and held season. The 
nam's first meet, the Southern Cup hosted by Miami 
University, started them off on a positive note as the 

girls placed fourth. 

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Emily Amendola and Bahiyjaui Allen. Amendola broke 
the all-time record with a hammer throw of 1 80 feet 
seven inches at the Ohio Open and went on to be 
included in the Division I Women's All-Academic 



Track and Field Team. Allen, a crucial shot putter also 
had a memorable season, being named to All-Mac's 
Second Team and beating her own school record with a 
throw of 52 ft, 2.75 inches. 

As the season progressed, the team went on to place 
at some crucial meets, increasing their standings in 
the conference. The bobcats finished out the season 
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( )hio University's AMSA/Pre-Med Club is an organization for Pre-Med students that helps them on 
il ir journey to medical school. At meetings, they hold discussions with physicians and current medical 
si idents, leant how to prepare for the MCAT, study the current healthcare issues, and host medical school 
a missions professionals. This year AMSA/Pre-Med held the Second Annual Health Week, a week of events 
m iich aims to promote health awareness on campus. Events included a blood drive, a suture clinic, aguest 
5 akcr about the healthcare platforms of the presidential candidates, and participation in a 5K for Autism. 
1 lis year they also teamed up with other healthcare clubs on campus and raised over $500 for Ohio 
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The official quote for Alpha Xi 
Delta is, "A friend may not always 
be a sister, but a sister will always be 
a friend." Their Fall Philanthropy 
was the Fuzzie Football game whose 
proceeds were donated to Alex's 
Lemonade Stand. 

Alpha Xi Delta worked with Build- 
A-Bcar where teddy bears were 
donated to the Athens Foundation 
for their Winter Philanthropy. Water 
Wars was another event hosted by the 
organization to raise money for the 
Robertson family whose child suffers 
from Blacksand Diamond Anemia. 




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The Ohio University Beta Theta Pi chapter is currently they oldest fraternity on Ohio University's 
npus. This organization is a nationally recognized fraternity for young men striving to live hy a standard 
excellence of academic excellence. They strive for excellence in Tradition, Academics, Brotherhood, 
lletics. Community Service, and Social. Beta Theta Pi also takes part in many community and philanthropy 
nts such as raising money for The Red Cross and the Athens Humane Society. They will also begin having 
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standard of excellence at Ohio 
University stemming from 
their dedication to sisterhood, 
scholarship, philanthropy, and 
social responsibility. Diversity and 
understanding secure our bonds of 
friendship, while opening doors to 
new opportunities. Chi Omega is 
an enthusiastic group of successful 
women, working together to 
fulfill goals, and aspirations while 
creating great memories a ton of 
laughter and friendships you can 
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The College of Business Connect is a small, student led organization that serves students and alumni of Ohio University. Through three events, students 
and alumni interact and build lasting relationships. The events include a Case Study in the winter, Externship during winter intersession and the Connect Coif 
Scramble in the spring. Alumni from across the nation join students in these memorable events. 

In 2008-2009, Connect will re-introduce its Externship program to students. The Externship is similar to a shadowing experience; students are paired up 
with an Ohio University Alumni and go to work with them for 3 days. The program, known for its catchy name and appeal, is highly anticipated this year. "We feel 
that this is agrcat way to give back to the students and alumni, and will help put Connect on the map at OU!" Said President Bob Redd. In addition. Connect also 
hopes that the Externship program will facilitate internships, summer jobs, and possibly full-time positions. For more information on Connect 




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lie Ford Foundation Fellows of'Ohio University (Ford-OU) is a forum for the interaction of International Scholars from diverse 
K s of the world, who are sponsored under the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP). and undertaking their 
ji luale study in Ohio University. The Association is a resource for Ford International Fellows to cultivate long-standing ties, and 
ij rgi/.e their ideas and efforts towards Ford Foundation's goal of making the world a better place 




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Gang Green is the student 
organization that is the cheering 
section for Ohio Hockey 
games. Michelle Pendergast, 
general manager ol'the Ohio 
('Jul) Hockey Team, asked 
Jared Leininger to head the 
Gang Green for this year's 
hockey season. Alter a low 
attendance last year, Leininger 
helped Gang Green double 
its members to 50 students. 
This group is known for their 
unique cheers and celebratory 
la]) around Bird Arena with the 
Ohio flag alter every Ohio goal. 



Established in 2006, GAMMA is a leadership program specifically for fraternity and sorority members 
who agree to be advocates to their chapter members. GAMMA members can lead the way for learning 
more about health and safety issues, and reduce some of the high-risk behaviors that can cause harm to 
individuals or to the chapter. GAMMA is about motivated fraternity and sorority members forming a peer 
education group that works as a team to identify high-risk student behavior and then creatively develops 
ways to educate members so that they can succeed at college and contribute in positive ways to the chapter. 




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S*T*A*R*S stands for Students Teaching About Racism in Society and 
celebrated with 20 year anniversary. Also this year, S*T*A*R*S won the NAACP 
Image Award for Program of the Year for "We're Bringing Voting Back." This 
event focused on educating the public about the presidential candidates from 
an unbiased perspective, and as a group members were able to register over 30 
people to vote. S*T*A*R*S hosted the annual diversity retreat which emphasizes 
learning about racism from the inside out. The members participated in the annual 
International Street Fair, featuring an interactive activity explaining the origins 
of "American" food. Additionally, S*T* A* R*S was featured in an article in the 
Athens News, and on the WOUB TV program Newswatch. 




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POWER (Promoting' Ohio University Wellness. Education, and Responsibility) is the peer health education 
organization on campus. Every year, members present dozens of programs to OU students on topics such as sexual 
health, alcohol, sexual assault, nutrition and exercise, recreational drugs, and much more. This year, POWER 
increased their number of programs by facilitating discussions on low-risk drinking to UC 1 1 5 students, and 
conducting a safer sex campaign within the residence halls. In April, they attended the regional Bacchus conference 
and presented two programs on marijuana and nutrition. POWER also runs the Latex League, which offers students 
latex products at reduced prices. 




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Student Senate promotes student interests, supports organizations, and represents the 
undergraduates of Ohio University. This group works with other organizations on campus, such as Ohio 
University Students Defending Students, OU Student Senate Book Exchange, and Center for Legal 
Services. Senate elections and Pizza with the Provost are just a couple of the annual events sponsored hy 
Student Senate. With the advisor Dr. Kent Smith the organization also hosts seminars, guest speakers, 
and sponsors campus activities. 



Phi Kappa Psi ai ( )hio University has grown from not much more than a dream in 2006 to a flourishing 
chapter over 35 members strong. Under president Jon Miller's leadership, the gentlemen of Phi Kappa 
Psi are breaking all the traditional negative stereotypes of other fraternities. Phi Kappa Psi is guided by the 
principle of the great joy of serving others. 




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The Ohio University Men's Club Volleyball team competes every year with other collegiate men': 
volleyball teams in the region, in the conference, and at the annual NIRSA Collegiate Volleyball 
Championships. This year the competition was held in Dallas, Texas. The team was invited to the 
three day competition along with the Women's Club Volleyball team. Out of the 1 50 teams in the 
competition, the team look home 1 7th place in the nation. Once a year the team also plays a match 
against its alumni. The winner of the annual alumni match goes home with the "Court Street Cup" 
and bragging rights that go with it for one year. 




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The Ohio University Women's Club Volleyball Team had 
a great season this year. Starting with tryouts in the fall, they 
added eight new members to the twenty person team. The club 
practices twice a week and travels to tournaments on the weekends 
at other colleges. This year the team traveled to Toledo, Bowling 
Green, Ohio State, and Dayton and placed 3rd, 1 st. 6th, and 5th 
respectively. The highlight of the season was traveling with the 
men's team to Dallas, Texas to compete in the N1RSA National 
Volleyball Championships. In total there were 106 ranked teams 
in the women's division and alter three days of competitive play 
they ranked 2 1 si in the nation. 



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iroritv dedicated to sisterhood, academies and community service. Since 1 949 they have upheld these ideals at 
)hio University and this chapter has repeatedly earned the Three Star Award, the highest honor awarded by our 
ational organization. Sigma kappa is a group of individuals united by sisterhood. The memories and friendships 
reated at Sigma kappa will last a lifetime. 




Any former Zone member can tell you about the eamaraderie 
formed between fellow O Zoners and the student-athletes they're 
supporting. 

Whether it be the distinctive Winning Team - Losing Team cheer, 
or a collective O-H-I-O, the O Zone is the place an Ohio University 
student can learn all about what it means to bleed Green and White. 



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The O Zone is in its seventh year as the 
premiere student cheering section of the Mid- 
American Conference. The organization has 
developed a reputation for its loyal support of 
the Bobcats, as well as its fierce intimidation of 
their opponents. 

Zone members are encouraged to show 
their school spirit at all varsity sporting events 
such as; Football, Volleyball, Field Hockey, 
Cross Country, Soccer, Women's Basketball, 
Men's Basketball, Wresding, Swim and Dive, 
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This year, freshman Alison 
Quinn may have started a new 
tradition for the largest student 
organization on eampus. Her idea 
was to have Zone members 
freeze in time at the second half of 
the basketball game at 1 8:04, in 
honor of the year Ohio University 
was founded. 

"I love the Zone and pretty 
much everything they think to do." 
Said the Ohio Men's Basketball 
coach, Tim O'Shea. "As long as 
they keep coming to the games the 
way they do, I'm for anything that 
keeps the enthusiasm high." 



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Known as "UPC", the University Program Council is a volunteer board of students who work to bring 
world-class programs to the Ohio University Campus. Their programming efforts are targeted to all members 
of the university community. They are structured to provide cultural, social, recreational, educational, and 
entertainment programs. While Athens is not Hollywood or Broadway, they work to attract the best artists 
available to Ohio University. These events include concerts, comedians, speakers, and cultural art activities. 
Students are encouraged to get involved in UPC as a means to meet new people, develop personal/professional 
skills, and to become an active member of the University community. 



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ACRN stands for the All Campus Radio Network. They are an all student run college radio station broadcasting 
from Ohio University on high bandwidth, playing a "college rock" format (with specialty shows as well). There is 
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ATHENA STAFF 2008 



Co-Editor-In Chief and Design Editor Amy Giannell 



Co-Editor-In Chief and Copy Editor Sarah Hatmaker 



Assistant Editor Joe Robbins 



Head of Public Relations Brittany Elsden 



Photo Editor Diego James Robles 



Assistant Photo Editor Charles Yesenczki 



Contributing Photographers: 

Drew Angerer 

katherine Clement 

Julia Dose 

Ryan C. Henriksen 

Amanda Muschlitz 

Lacey Rogers 

Cate Ruman 

Annie Scheltens 

Sean Work 



Contributing Writers: 
Kathleen Allen 
Brittany Elsden 
Zach Henney 
Alyse Lamparyk 
Marie Monter 
Lizzie Sheffield 
Jenna Siska 



Ohio University Administrative Staff 



Dr. Roderick J. McDavis: President 

Dr. kathy A. Krendl: Executive Vice President and Provost 

Ryan T. I^ombardi: Dean of Students 

Dr. Patricia McSteen: Associate Dean of Students 

William R. Decatur: Vice President for Finance and Administration 

Dr. Rathindra Bose: Vice President for Research 

Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr.: Vice President for Student Affairs 

Howard Lipman: Vice President for University Advancement 

Tcri Geiger: Director of (Government Relations 

William Allen: Interim Director of Diversity 

John J. Bianeamano: Interim Director of Legal Affairs 

Gina Calcamuggio: Interim Director of University Communications and Marketing 

Jim Schaus: Director of Athletics 

J. Brice Bible: Chief Information Officer 



hio University Board Of Trustees 



C. Daniel DeLawder, chair 

M. Marnette Perry, vice chair 

Charles R. Stuckey, Jr., national trustee 

Frank P. Krasovec, national trustee 

Chauncey Jackson, student trustee 

Tracy Kelly, student trustee 

Thomas E. Davis, secretary 

William Decatur, treasurer 

Sandra J. Anderson 

David Briglubill 

Norman E. Dewire 

Gene T. Harris 

C. Robert Kidder 

Larry L. Schey 

David Wollbri 



A THOUSAND THANKS COULD NEVER BE ENOUGH... 



Jim Rodgers ev Robin Fritts: Your patience, guidance and support made ihis book possible and these past three years 
manageable. You are incredible assets to this organization, the university and all individuals fortunate enough to work with you. 

Jim McAdams: In a business of organized chaos you made senior portraits refreshingly easy and unexpectedly calm. Your 
professionalism made producing the most important section of our book also the easiest. 

Joe Robbins: You were the calm, logical, voice of reason and our most trusted second opinion. Thank you lor having the 
patience lo work us through our self-inflicted worry. Walking away from this book and this organization is feasible only because 
we know you'll take care of it. 

Brittany Elsden: For everything. There's no other way to put it. Our talents would have been worthless without the work you did 
DO gel them noticed, even from Spain. You arc truly priceless. 

James llohlcs: You made sure dial we had only the best to choose from when it came lo filling these pages with photographs that 
truly grasp the beauty of life on this campus. Because of the work you did, this book is able to exist in that perfect place between 
journalism and art. 

( )ur Friends & Families: You made us the kind of individuals who are capable of producing this book. And you put up with us 
when this book turned us into completely different individuals. You were our biggest fans, our source of sanity and the daily 
reminders of why it is so important lo have a book of memories. 

The Staff of the 1 966 Adicna: For getting right so many years ago and giving us something to aspire to. 

The Baker University ( lenter Stall: For doing your very best to facilitate our outlandish requests. For being the keepers of the 
key and the pleasant faces behind the desks, even at midnight. 

Jostens, Inc. 

I'aul Wimmlerand Educational Services, Inc. 

Rick I'atica, University Photographer 




Letter From The Editors 



For most seniors, graduation day marked the end of their time at Ohio University. Such 
was not the case for the two of us. As the editors of the Athena Yearbook, we were able 
to convince ourselves that the summer days we would spend completing this book could 
somehow extend our OU experience. We could cheat the system. We didn't have to call it 
over, yet we would escape the stigma of super senior status. 

We both donned our cap and gown. We crossed the stage and shook the hands. There 
were pictures, tears, and farewells, but inside we refused to truly say good-bye. Our diplomas 
showed up in the mail, but all was not lost. 

Now, after 1 92 pages of delaying the inevitable, we've come to the end of the tunnel and 
are standing bravely in the light. Life after Ohio University is as scary for the two of us as it is 
for every other member of the class of 2008. 

But we cannot argue with our new reality. We can't say that we didn't have enough time, 
enough happiness, enough laughter, enough memories. In fact, the opposite is true. This 
position gave us both the opportunity to know and experience our university on the most 
personal level. For that, we can only be gracious. 

Thank you. For every single football game, for four amazing Halloweens, for dozens 
of worn-thin OU t-shirts, for freshman dorm days and senior nights on Court Street. For 
making us who we are now that it is all said and done, thank you. 

Cheers! 



Sarah Jane & Amy Rose 



Colophon 



The 1 03rd edition of the Athena Yearbook was produced by students at Ohio University in Athens, 
Ohio, from September 2007 through June 2008. 

The full-color publication covers the entire academic year in one 1 92-pagc hardbound edition. 

The cover was designed by Amy Giannell. 

The cover photograph was taken by Ryan C. Henriksen. 

All pages were designed using Adobe InDesign CS2 on Apple iMacs. Other software applications used 
include Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Microsoft Word. 

All prc-prcss production was done in-house with page negatives delivered to the printer: Jostens, Inc., 
located in Clarksville, Tennessee. Robin Fritts served as the Jostens' representative. 

Jim McAdams of MJM Studios, based in Creentown, Indiana, took senior portraits during three different 
sessions throughout the year. 

Educational Services, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, collected corporate advertising for the book, with Paul 
Wimmler as representative. 

Four-process color was used for all pages. The fonts used throughout the book were Bodoni SvtyTwo, 
Copperplate, Caliban, and Skia. 



The book was sold for $75.00.